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Bisons' new HD video board will more than triple size of current scoreboard

In Buffalo, Mike Harrington notes the Triple-A Int'l League Buffalo Bisons yesterday announced upgrades to Coca-Cola Field that include “installing the largest HD scoreboard in the minors as well as a new energy-efficient lighting system.” The Bisons TV HD Board will be 80 feet long by 33 feet high, “more than triple the size of the current video board installed” in ’99. The team is “funding the entire cost of the $2.5 million project, including the board, HD cameras and control booth updates needed” (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/13).

PARKING FEES: In Phoenix, Rebekah Sanders noted a Walker Parking Consultants analysis estimated that “in a good scenario Glendale in the next 25 years could recoup $89 million by charging for parking at Jobing.com Arena, something for which the city plans to pay $100 million.” Under the city’s “latest hockey deal, Glendale must pay $100 million as soon as possible to Phoenix Coyotes buyer Matthew Hulsizer for the arena parking rights, plus $97 million over the next five years to Hulsizer for arena management” (AZCENTRAL.com, 1/11).

FAST TRACK: In Ft. Worth, Mac Engel cited a source as saying that TCU has “plans in the works to fast track some work on aging Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.” The school, which is scheduled to move to the Big East in '12, is “looking at ways to widen the concourse, put more restrooms on the main level, and perhaps increase concessions.” TCU also will explore making the exterior of the building “a bit more pleasing to the eye.” The plans “had been in the discussion phase for a while, but the move to the Big East has put them up the priority list” (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 1/12).

HEATING UP: In Milwaukee, Don Walker noted the Packers are “testing a special heating system that melts snow in seating areas” at Lambeau Field. The test “is all part of the planning process for possible expansion plans in the south end-zone area” (JSONLINE.com, 1/10). 

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